For anyone who’s ever suffered from depression or anxiety, it’s no secret that there are good days and bad days. Everyone’s battle is different, but there’s no need to ever fight any mental war alone.
Callie Theodore knows the struggle all too well.
She recently took to Facebook to share the types of insecurities that come with battling mental illness—particularly anxiety:
“Someone with anxiety is inclined to assume everyone is going to leave. The truth is they battle something they can’t control and there is a sense of insecurity within themselves when it comes to relationships and simply, just life. They know it’s difficult and they don’t want to burden you with their irrational thoughts and worries. So instead, they try to push you away before you get the chance to leave yourself. That’s the reality.”
“It’s hard loving someone who suffers from anxiety. They will be over sensitive, they will make up scenarios in their head causing an argument, and constant reassurance is needed.”
“Find yourself someone who doesn’t make you feel like loving you is a job. Someone who will assure of you the little things. Someone who doesn’t tell you that you’re overreacting. Someone that will rock you on the floor in the dead middle of an anxiety attack. Find someone that no matter how hard you push them—they do not leave.”
Callie says there are people out there who have the calmness, patience and love that it takes to be trusted with the hearts of those facing mental illness…people who will exude the type of love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Her words hit home for people all across the Internet, and quickly went viral with more than 130,000 shares from her page alone. The post was shared by Love What Matters, and even Ellen Degeneres!
Together, we can end the stigma. It all starts with beautiful souls like Callie, who are willing to share their hearts, and not be ashamed of the hardships they face.
As Callie says at the end of her post, “You may have anxiety, but anxiety doesn’t have you.”
May that be true for you today, and every day.